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Smash Ultimate’s ARMS announcement suggests trophies can become fighters

Published: 27/Mar/2020 18:53

by Michael Gwilliam

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With the latest announcement that the next fighter to join Super Smash Bros Ultimate will be from the ARMS series, it appears that Nintendo has confirmed that assist trophies can in fact become full fighters.

While the identity of the fighter is unknown, in an official Twitter post, Nintendo posted a picture of the ARMS roster with the caption “who will it be?!”

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Among those included was Spring Man, the character many consider to be the face of the franchise. What makes his inclusion so interesting is that Spring Man is already in the game as an assist trophy and Mii Brawler costume.

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Spring Man is an assist trophy in Smash Ultimate.

Spring Man isn’t the only ARMS character with a Mii costume, either: Ribbon Girl also has an outfit and is featured in the Nintendo tweet, as well. This seems to imply that she, too, could be more than just a costume and evolve into a fighter.

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Of course, there’s no guarantee that either Spring Man or Ribbon Girl will be the next character, but considering how they’re basically the game’s mascots, they’re certainly candidates.

It’s also possible that Nintendo decides to go the Bowser JR/Koopa kids route, and have the fighter consist of multiple characters in the form of a color change.

The key takeaway, though, is that by including Spring Man and Ribbon Girl as options, Nintendo seems to have confirmed the speculation regarding assist trophies and costumes ever becoming full fighters.

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This is especially noteworthy, considering how many long-requested characters are currently just trophies. Waluigi especially has been a fan-favorite since before the game even came out, so it’s looking more likely than ever that he could be included as part of Fighters Pass Volume 2.

Other possible assist trophies-turned fighters include: Bomberman, Shadow and Knuckles from the Sonic franchise, Castlevania’s Alucard, Shovel Knight and Skull Kid/Majora’s Mask from The Legend of Zelda.

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Spring Man and Ribbon Girl are Mii Brawler costumes.

With five DLC characters left after the ARMS fighter is released, it’s possible that any of those get promoted to full fighter status – though we’ll have to wait and see.

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The ARMS fighter release and reveal is currently planned for June.

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Minecraft Smash Ultimate leaker teases Ryu Hayabusa DLC fighter

Published: 6/Oct/2020 20:01

by Michael Gwilliam

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An established Super Smash Bros Ultimate leaker who has leaked several of the game’s fighters before and after launch, including Minecraft’s Steve, has returned with some comments on Ninja Gaiden’s Ryu Hayabusa.

Vergeben, who is one of the most reputable leakers in the Smash community having leaked many of the game’s fighters, was asked about rumors of Hayabusa joining the roster.

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The Ninja Gaiden protagonist has long been a fan-favorite to join the Nintendo fighting game, and has even been rumored. Amusingly, he had been discussed even before Fighters Pass Volume 2, along with Minecraft content.

“I remember you mentioned in the past that you heard that there were talks about Ryu Hayabusa being one of the fighters but in the end, he may have been delayed to enter the second wave of DLC,” a user remarked the leaker on GameFaqs.

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Ryu from Ninja Gaiden in Smash Ultimate Fighters Pass Volume 2
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Ryu has been rumored for a long time.

“Now that Minecraft content finally came and as how Sakurai mentioned he reworked all stages to add the blocks gimmick to the game, it is possible that Hayabusa may also be coming?” the user asked.

To this, Vergeben simply replied: “Stay tuned?”

“I’ll keep looking into it. But the discussions did happen with Koei Tecmo in regards to Smash,” he continued, seemingly confirming that Koei Tecmo was in fact in talks to bring a character to the game.

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Leaker comments on Ryu coming to Smash
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The leaker has teased news coming with Koei Tecmo in Smash.

He further added that due to Nintendo’s positive relationship with Koei Tecmo, it’s unlikely that the discussions “ fell through and didn’t result in anything.”

As it’s been established, the discussions to get Minecraft into Smash took five years, so it’s clear that adding certain characters can be a long process.

Ryu from Ninja Gaiden staring at castle
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Ninja Gaiden has a history on Nintendo consoles.

This all said, the discussions with Koei Tecmo may also have potentially resulted in a different representative joining Smash Ultimate such as a character from Dead or Alive, Fatal Frame, or even Dynasty Warriors.

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Only time will tell if this ends up being yet another thing that Vergeben has been right about.